Each year, the worldwide event PARK(ing) Day challenges architects and artists to create a pedestrian-friendly space within the confines of city parking spots—but only for as long as the meter allows. PARK(ing) Day (ParkingDay.org) made its local debut last year, when UNLV design students created several “town squares” in parking spaces throughout the urban core. PARK(ing) Day returns to Las Vegas on September 20. Here’s the scoop:
1. The event takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with several new groups taking part—including Downtown Project’s ride-sharing startup Project 100—and several new spaces put to use near the Gold Spike and Juhl. (UNLV’s entry will be parked on Fremont Street, across from El Cortez).
2. PARK(ing) Day neatly illustrates just how dependent we are on our cars. Designers have used their PARK(ing) Day spaces to make pocket parks, pop-up bike repair shops and even small urban farms—all of which Las Vegas could use.
3. The lessons young designers learn about efficiently and creatively using urban space could eventually make our existing city parks more interesting and useful.